A musician with a big heart and a sweet tone, Sylvia is equally passionate about bringing music to life as a performer and nurturing creative expression and empowerment in her music students. She uses a combination of Suzuki approaches, improvisation, Dalcroze-inspired eurythmics, and Alexander Technique-inspired movement awareness to simultaneously develop fluent musicality, joy in making music, a solid instrumental technique, and musicianship (including reading and theory). A former sufferer of tendonitis, she has a particular interest in addressing and preventing performance injuries, in both beginning and experienced players.
Sylvia is Supporting Teaching Artist for the K2 Orchestra at the Josiah Quincy Orchestra Program, Suzuki Violin and Early Childhood Faculty and Summer Chamber Music Festival Administrative Director at Winchester Community Music School, Violin and Piano Faculty at GS Music Center and Music 101, and has been guest music and movement teacher at Neighborhood Cooperative Nursery School. She has taught at Somerville Strings Camp, Camp Vivace! at ProjectSTEP, YOFES Open Access to Music Education for Children in Hyde Park, Longy Community Programs, and is now accepting private students at the Winchester Community Music School and in Cambridge and Somerville. If you are interested in taking lessons, please use the Contact page to send an email.
Sylvia currently performs with the Harvard Baroque Chamber Orchestra, New Bedford Symphony Orchestra, Eudaimonia baroque chamber orchestra, L’Esprit Baroque chamber ensemble based in Los Angeles, the folk/baroque band Lizzie and the Flakjackets, and the prog/alt rock band The Mood Swings. She is an alumna of the Harvard Summer Chorus; the Longy Conservatory Orchestra and conservatory chamber ensembles; the Olin Conductorless Orchestra, of which she was Concertmaster and Strings Section Leader; the Boston University Tanglewood Institute; and the Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, with which she toured Estonia, Latvia, and northern Russia. She has also performed as a member of Chorus pro Musica and the Masterworks Chorale.
Sylvia began Suzuki violin studies at age 6 with Doris Goldman in Stow, MA, and has studied with Laura Bossert, Anna Korsunsky, and Karen Oosterbaan (a pioneer in combining Alexander Technique with violin technique). She has completed Suzuki Violin Teacher Training in Books 1, 2, and 3 with Carol Sykes through the Suzuki School of Newton. She holds an MM in Violin Performance from the Longy School of Music of Bard College, and is currently completing a Dalcroze Teaching Certificate, also at Longy. She also holds a B.S. in Engineering from Olin College of Engineering in Needham, MA.